Tagged: export controls

Sanctions Enforcement on the Outer Edges of Trade Activity (Part II of II)

We all know what a “core” sanctions violation looks like.  The heartland of such misconduct has been described on numerous occasions in OFAC enforcement actions and settlements.  In this environment, however, companies have to be aware of conduct that may still violate the law but is not necessarily in the “heartland” of misconduct. DOJ, OFAC and BIS are well aware of the broad reach of...

DXC Technology Company Settles Sanctions and Export Control Violations

On May 17, 2024, Nevada-based DXC Technology Company (“DXC”)—a global IT services provider—officially filed its required annual 10-K Form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) indicating that previously-disclosed proceedings involving both the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) had been resolved. According to the SEC filing, DXC officially...

DOJ and OFAC Sanctions and Export Control Detection Strategies

DOJ and OFAC Sanctions and Export Control Detection Strategies

In this new aggressive era of sanctions and export controls enforcement, companies need to understand the potential risks that DOJ and/or OFAC may identify a company for sanctions investigation. In a global economy, investigators from various countries have built coordination procedures by which they share intelligence and possible leads among each other.  This phenomena has created a complex web of investigators who can identify relevant...

BIS Emphasizes Need for Reinvigorated Due Diligence Efforts by Exporters

BIS Emphasizes Need for Reinvigorated Due Diligence Efforts by Exporters

Remarks given by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Undersecretary Alan Estevez during the 2024 Policy Update Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) emphasized the need for organizations to enhance their due diligence efforts to prevent the diversion of restricted commodities to U.S. adversaries, including, but not limited to, the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran. ...

Webinar — Export Controls Compliance: Nuts and Bolts

Webinar: Export Controls Compliance — Nuts and Bolts March 19, 2024, 12 Noon EST SIGN UP HERE The Justice Department, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) have begun an aggressive civil and criminal enforcement program. DOJ’s National Security Division has announced its intention to prosecute criminal export controls cases. From the...

2023 Sanctions Year in Review and Predictions

2023 Sanctions Year in Review and Predictions

As always, I tend to repeat myself.  However, one important point needs to be repeated — DOJ is in the midst of launching an aggressive sanctions and export control program against corporations and individuals.  DOJ has warned everyone, repeated this message in various speeches and, most importantly, assigned the resources — 25 new federal prosecutors to enforce sanctions and export controls — to back up...

U.S. Government Charges Parties with Violating U.S. Sanctions and Export Control Laws 

U.S. Government Charges Parties with Violating U.S. Sanctions and Export Control Laws 

By: Alexander J. Cotoia currently serves as the Regulatory Compliance Manager at The Volkov Law Group, where he regularly advises the firm and its clients on the latest developments implicating trade compliance concerns. He may be reached at [email protected]; and Daniela Melendez, Associate at the Volkov Law Group she may be reached at [email protected] As we have repeatedly noted in the context of other blog...

The Evolution of the Compliance Profession

The Evolution of the Compliance Profession

One of the benefits of old(er) age is perspective and experience.  (As we age, we have to find the positive reasons to tout).  If there is one thing (of many) the compliance profession has demonstrated, it is that compliance professionals are nimble. It comes with the territory.  Building and maintaining a compliance program, requires compliance professionals to adjust their focus and prioritize resources and time...

Episode 278 — “The New FCPA”: Sanctions and Export Control Enforcement and Compliance

Episode 278 — “The New FCPA”: Sanctions and Export Control Enforcement and Compliance

Last year, the Department of Justice warned global companies of a new, aggressive strategy for enforcement of trade sanctions and export controls. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco stated that sanctions and export enforcement constituted “The New FCPA.” DOJ, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) have joined forces to aggressively enforce sanctions...

Corporate Crime and National Security – The Confluence of Prosecution and Foreign Policy (Part I of III)

Corporate Crime and National Security – The Confluence of Prosecution and Foreign Policy (Part I of III)

To restate the obvious – DOJ has prioritized prosecution of national security crimes.  For the business world, every company touches the international economy.  Even a domestic company might sell products or services outside the United States, or such companies depend on foreign products or services in their supply chain.  It is rare indeed to find a company that is not dependent on one way or...